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Goldenrod for Good Fortune and a Bit of Encouragement

Into each person's life, a little rain must fall. Sometimes it comes in sprinkles of annoyance like car trouble, tax problems or dental surgery. Other times in waves of misfortune like health problems, lost love and missed opportunity. While words of advice are tempting, they are often ill-timed no matter how meaningful, but any encouragement is certainly welcomed and necessary when someone you love is standing under a cloud. Flowers are just the right thing to say in this situation, and few Continue reading [...]

Hibiscus to Celebrate Hawaii’s Statehood

On August 21st 1959, President Eisenhower signed a proclamation that added the final 50th star to the old star-spangled banner when he autographed the admission of Hawaii into official statehood. Each year in August (this year it falls on Friday, August 15th) the day is honored a variety of ways with government offices and many businesses closed around the islands so that people can celebrate. Of all the 50 states, Hawaii has some of the best selection of tropical plants and flowers and whether you live on the islands or are landlocked in the Midwest, there's no better way to acknowledge the day than with the gift of a beautiful hibiscus plant. Turn your own patio into a paradise or add a touch of the tropics to a friend's with this exotic bloom. Continue reading [...]

Celebrate a Summer Birthday with Sizzling Solidago

Growing up, there were certain trade-offs to having a summer birthday. True, you never got to wear the special birthday hat or bring in cupcakes to class like the kids born in February, but you also had a lot of options as to how to spend the long daylight hours of your special day. When it comes to flowers, folks born in the hot, sunny months of summer also have a lot of options. Long days and warm temperatures make summer the prime season for many locally-grown flowers and a great choice for a fancy birthday bouquet or vase of wildflowers is the bright and sunny solidago flower, more commonly known as goldenrod. Continue reading [...]

The Right Flowers for Remembering September 11th

September 11th remains a heart-wrenching time in our history, especially for those who were directly involved. From survivors, to loved ones of those who died from the attacks, to the search and rescue personnel, it is a day that will always be in our heads, and those involved will always be in our hearts. Flowers can be a wonderful sentiment to offer remembrance to all whose lives were affected by this tragic day. Continue reading [...]

All About Violets

The violet is a beautiful flower that is rich with meaning and history. The flower for the month of February, the violet is the state flower of New Jersey, Rhode Island, Wisconsin and Illinois. It is also the flower of Greece, largely because it appears in Greek mythology, such as the story of Apollo constantly chasing one of his twin sister's, Artemis, nymph friends. The nymphs are supposed to stay chaste so, to protect the nymph, Artemis changed her into a violet. Because of this, some equate the violet to modesty. Continue reading [...]